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LDSD Ready for Launch

NASA/Bill Ingalls2015-06-05

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NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars: an inflatable donut-shaped device and a supersonic parachute.

The launch tower helps link the vehicle to a balloon; once the balloon floats up, the vehicle is released from the tower and the balloon carries it to high altitudes. The vehicle's rocket takes it to even higher altitudes, to the top of the stratosphere, where the supersonic test begins.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19342

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  • Title: LDSD Ready for Launch
  • Creator: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Date Created: 2015-06-05
  • Rights: JPL

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